Simon Says: Fox Runs As Write-In Candidate For Council

Jim “Sonny” Fox who waged an unsuccessful race for City Council in the Democratic primary has filed papers to run as a write-in candidate for council in the 130th District that covers Black Rock and a portion of the West End.

Incumbents Sue Brannelly and Marty McCarthy won Black Rock School and Longfellow School in the City Council primary. If nothing else Fox will make it fun. When it comes to campaigns the retired electrician isn’t bashful about causing sparks. He’s hard-wired for verbal flamethrowing and claims the council incumbents aren’t responsive to district concerns.

For a write-in candidate’s vote to be counted paperwork must be filed with the office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State.



  1. Finally, a power surge in Black Rock. We have a quality candidate who won’t rubber stamp all of the dictates from Finch and Mario. Jim “Sonny” Fox will thoroughly scrutinize the council with the same enthusiasm as the Troll did.
    Hey Jim–maybe you’ll get a city job if you win a common council seat.

  2. Good for you, Mr. Fox. As I crisscross my district (131st) campaigning, meeting people, I am finding an increasing number of folks tired of the same old same old in this city. Whether or not this will be reflected in voter turnout next month remains to be seen … but different voices, new “blood” is unquestionably a step in the right direction. That is the reason I am running. I for one am done with hearing about the “machine.” The inference is if you are not a part of the machine you can get lost. There are way too many good people with Bridgeport’s best intentions at heart, ready to work their tails off, who are discouraged from getting involved in a meaningful way because they are not a cog in the machine. Your candidacy is yet another move to buck this longstanding trend. Good luck.

          1. Actually, I don’t have any disorders there, Jimbo, but yours are apparent.

            You do know if you don’t want to come in a distant dead last like you did in the primaries, you need to have a positive campaign and actually work other parts of the district like Longfellow, right?

  3. There is much comment the Black Rock council incumbents have a poor attendance rating. I have looked at a lot of numbers, but have missed those in recent years.
    I am aware the Budget and Appropriations Committee that should have monthly financial oversight duties as the “only check and balance” in local City governance to the Mayor’s office, meets only about six times a year (other than budget hearings in the Spring). Now Sue Brannelly has proposed putting the “monthly budget report” on the B&A committee agenda as a standing item. To me the need would have been apparent four years ago, however there are two major deterrents to this motion having any practical difference. The first is the City (Finance or OPM) only made ‘monthly’ reports available three times in the 2011 fiscal year. So what good are 12 monthly reviews if you have no reports for nine months? And Bob Curwen raised the issue of meeting fatigue on this committee, something he has observed in his dozen years of service. People have other work, and quorums are not available. Meetings are canceled!
    I take issue with the fact the last check and balance on City fiscal business needs to have fuller reports, certainly as frequently as monthly, and resides in the hands of a group that feels overburdened and is not able to find a more dedicated and fiscally trained, experienced and inspired collection of voter taxpayers (with no conflicts of interest, real or perceived). The public needs to be the watchdogs more than ever. And watchdogs are supposed to bark when something is amiss!!! The facts will bite if they can be observed, but the dog must first sniff out that which does not belong, and maintain the scent, and warn the community until the danger is gone. Watchdog candidate training upcoming. Look for our “Bridgeport Fiscal Finance – 101” sign up. Attend to sharpen your ‘pointing instinct’ and to talk about effective barking! Time will tell.

  4. Typically, write-in candidates have a very small chance of winning, but there have been some notable write-in candidates in the past.

    Presidential primaries:
    In 1928, Herbert Hoover won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary on write-ins, polling 100,279.
    In 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt won the Democratic New Jersey presidential primary with 34,278 write-ins.
    In 1944, Thomas Dewey won the Republican Pennsylvania presidential primary with 146,706 write-ins. He also won the Oregon Republican presidential primary with 50,001 write-ins.
    In 1948, Harold Stassen won the Republican Pennsylvania presidential primary with 81,242 write-ins.
    In 1952, Robert Taft won the Republican Nebraska presidential primary with 79,357 write-ins.
    Also in 1952, Estes Kefauver won the Democratic Pennsylvania presidential primary with 93,160 write-ins.
    Also in 1952, Dwight Eisenhower won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 254,898 write-ins.
    In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 51,951 write-ins.
    In 1960, Richard Nixon won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 53,164 write-ins.
    Also in 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic Pennsylvania presidential primary with 183,073 write-ins, and he won the Democratic Massachusetts presidential primary with 91,607 write-ins.

  5. Good Luck, Mr. Fox. I do not believe I have met you and I am not familiar with McCarthy or Brannelly. You have work do do educating your supporters. It can be done. Go forward with confidence. People just might surprise you. Mary-Jane Foster could have taken the city by storm in the next two weeks also. Make history, Jim!!!


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